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Colorado Springs: The Sky Sox won nine to six over Sacramento yesterday. For the second day in a row, their starter (this time Marc Kaiser) exhibited control issues but kept the ball down and forced a lot of groundouts. Seth Smith continued his tear with two hits including a triple, and Clint Barmes scored three runs out of four times on base with two hits, a walk and an HBP. Edwin Bellorin homered as well in the win.

Tulsa: Franklin Morales continued his post Futures Game surge with a dominant eight inning performance against Springfield. Morales struck out ten and allowed just three hits and two walks in eight innings. Reading David OhNo's reports on Morales' start from yesterday's Pebble Report shows that Morales lost a bit in that last inning, which stands to reason given the short outings he's typically had for much of the year. Jonathan Herrera homered and Jordan Czarniecki scored two of Tulsa's six runs.

Modesto: The Nuts got homer happy in yesterday's twelve to four victory over High Desert. Neil Wilson, Travis Becktel, Daniel Carte, Eric Young and Chris Nelson all went deep. All of the above and Jose Valdez had multi-hit games, Nelson had two doubles and a HBP in addition to his homer to earn particular praise. Alan Johnson pitched a solid seven innings, giving up four runs on ten hits in a very hitter friendly environment.

Asheville: For the second day in a row, the Tourists lost to the Rome Braves 4-2. This time it was Keith Weiser picking up the L in a rain shortened five inning game. Hector Gomez drove in Geoff Strickland twice for the two scores. Besides Gomez and Strickland, Daniel Mayora was the only Tourist to collect multiple hits.

Tri-City: Bruce Billings struck out nine in just five innings, and walked only one, but he allowed five hits and three runs and took the loss in a three to two contest against Salem-Kaizer. Brian Rike continues to hit well, collecting two more and an RBI, and Kevin Clark also had two hits in the loss.

Casper: The Rockies were off yesterday.